welcome to another session of beliefs and believers. i'm dr. john simmons, and as always, we have a scintillating session in plan for you today. we're about midway through the course and we're in one of those transition periods in beliefs and believers. we're moving out of doctrine - well, moving into doctrine, but out of myth and ritual. and we never want to think that we're going to forget the other dimension, so let's keep those in mind - the experiential dimension, the mythic dimension, and the ritual dimension. of course, i'm sort of like kid in the candy store with those particular dimensions, but when we get to doctrine and ethics, i want to talk about those together today if we could, and start right out with the graphics, because when we're thinking about doctrine and ethics, belief and behavior, we're really at the very, very heart of the course. and if you can take a peak at this first graphic, this is it, and in some ways, it makes me a little sad because my heart is in the beauty of the experience and listening to the myths and the rituals we've seen so far in class.